As an exercise physiologist, I work day after day with people who are ready to change their lives, lose weight, and get in shape. Thanks to all of the fitness-related TV programs, infomercials (shake weights anyone?), magazines, websites, forums, Pod casts, apps, and Tweets out there, many well intentioned people show up with misguided, misinformed, and downright wrong beliefs about exercise. Over my next few entries, I hope to set the record straight on a some of the most common misconceptions about fitness.
Fitness Myth #2
I’m going to give you guys some invaluable information – the greatest abdominal program ever created. Yes, it even surpasses Hip Hop abs… EAT RIGHT…and EXERCISE.
The fact is, the guys and girls you see on magazine covers with tight, ripped abs, are guys and girls with lean body compositions. That is, they have a low percentage of body fat. How do you lower your body fat percentage? Eat right and exercise. It’s no huge secret.
It doesn’t matter how many ab crunches you do – you can do one thousand every day – if you’re still chasing your sausage pizza with 24 oz of soda every night, then your gut just won’t go anywhere. A bad diet is like abdominal kryptonite that no amount of ab work can defeat.
So remember, crunches – by themselves – do not equal svelt, flat abs. This fitness myth is busted! And, if you’re having trouble mastering your diet, then check out the Weight Loss Solution tab on our website to help get on track.
Dedham Health & Ahthletic Complex